For a while I left business school and I thought that I had all of the answers. I map out my career. I was going to be the CEO of that company in no time. And by the time that I got to the job, there was a reorg and I updated my plan very quickly. And three months later I had to update it again and long story short, I had no plan and I had no idea what to do. And I kept reading books. I kept asking people and no one knew what to do, especially people my age. So, I just stumble for probably a good five or six years in my career, just trying to figure out how to get better. So from there I being a process guy, being an industrial engineer, I started to put several pieces together in my mind. And from there I developed this framework that basically has four simple steps. It starts with who you are aligned with, who you want to be in the long-term. I think that’s the secret sauce. And from there you put the two of them together and you focus on the capabilities that ideally, regardless of what path life takes, moves you from where you are to where you want to be. And once you have those capabilities, you can
choose and put a solid, tangible individual development plan behind it that you can track with metrics. And that is what you work on.
So I started doing that for myself and it worked. Finally, I had a framework that gave me peace, I was very happy, very successful developing capabilities, thanks to the framework. And then as I started to lead that team, as I shared with you earlier, my passions is also to help them to become the best version of themselves. So I share my framework with them. And every single time the person say like, wow, I have been working for X number of years. No one has ever shared anything close to this. Where did you learn about it? And I answered, well, here’s my story, right?
About three years ago when I started writing the book, I had two realizations. One, I was getting terrible having to repeat the same framework. Every time I will meet a person and I wanted to have a tool that will be a lot simpler for them to capture the notes and to be able to refresh their version of the framework. And then the second one is that I also had the realization that I am helping people, that I get the pleasure to lead or to meet through my different engagements, but it’s not enough. And it’s a shame that very simple things like these are not widely known when we’re in a school, when we’re about to leave a school, so we can truly start our careers with purpose.
So my goal was to be able to reach out to a lot more people than I’m ever going to meet in life. And one of the obvious ways was to document the framework in a book and to make it available for the public. And now is out there for public consulting. And it’s been great. It’s been a great journey because it taught me a lot of things. It is so rewarding to hear every single time when someone randomly has purchased the book and reaches out to say, wow, this is exactly what I needed. I’ve been a mom that is trying to return to the workforce after 10 years now that the kids are in school and this is giving me the chance to do it. Very rewarding.